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from this point. Our men are scattered so much on picket duty I can not rally much force before the enemy may be on me. I shall did all I can and keep you informed of their movements. Please answer.



PONCHATOULA, LA., July 27, 1862.

General RUGGLES:

The following dispatch just received from Captain Slocum:

Federals 200 or 300 strong on steamer Crey Cloud, 1 1\2 miles below Covington. The New London is lying out below Mandeville.

I have only 25 effective men.

W. D. L. McRAE.

PONCHATOULA, LA., July 27, 1862.

General RUGGLES:

Have received another dispatch from Captain Slocum. Four hundred Yankess landed in Covington; put out pickets. New London and Grey Cloud lying off 1 1\2 miles. Captain Bredow was here from Van Buren; says the detachment order there has no corn provisions; will leave there to-morrow.

W. D. L. McRAE.

TANGIPAHOA, July 27, [1862].

Captain [W. D. L.] MCREA, Ponchatoula:

Will give orders soon about forces to meet Federals at Covington.

General Breckinridge will soon be here and I await his arrival to make further moves. Keep me advised of the movements of the enemy. Keep a strong picket of Rangers at Van Buren and on railroad below. Concentrate rest toward Covington to watch enemy.



CLINTON, LA., July 27, 1862. (Received July 28.)

Captain JAMES O. FUGUA, Camp Moore, La.:

SIR: I looked for your over last night, as I was informed by one of your cousins that it was your intention to come home. Our community has been under some excitement for two or three days in reference to a skirmish between a scouting party of the enemy from Baton Rouge and our Rangers on the Amite River at or near Henry Warnach's. I saw a gentleman from within a short distance of Baton Ronge yesterday, from whom I learn some of the particulars. The Federals, as this gentleman (A. M. Stewart, an uncle of Duncan Stewart) informs me, were 50 strong-cavalry of course. Our forces were much larger, but in what numbers the enemy were [were] not able to tell, not have we yet learned. The enemy report a loss of 2 men killed and some others wounded. They also captured 12 or 15 horses, with saddles, bridles, &c.; besides, they brought in 4 prisoners, Henry Warnach being one of the number.